Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 07:04 PM UTC
Bronco informs us about their new release, an armoured Krupp Protze Kfz.69 with 3.7cm Pak 36 (late version).
The Krupp Protze was a 1.5 ton 6x4 military truck built for the German army from 1934 to 1941.
It was powered by the 60 bhp Krupp Boxer 3.3 Litre gasoline engine giving a maximum road speed of 70 km/h and a road range of 450 kilometers.

The most common variant was the Kfz.69 used to tow the 3.7cm PaK.36 anti-tank gun and carry the crew and ammunition.
It was an advanced design but suffered from poor fuel consumption, using almost twice the fuel of the similar Opel Blitz. But it was rugged and reliable and served on all fronts during WWII

Some trucks mounted the 3.7cm Pak.36 on the rear cargo bed as a simple self-propelled gun which could quickly be brought into action.

The Pak 36 was the standard anti-tank gun as Germany began the war in 1939.
It was good against light tanks but could not penetrate heavier tanks such as the British Matilda and the French Somua S35.

Some of the "Protze SPG's" were given plate armour over the front of the truck to protect against small arms fire. However this increased the weight of the vehicle and performance was degraded.

These improvised vehicles were quickly replaced by heavier SPG's built on tank hulls after 1942. Production of the Krupp Protze reached over 7,000 vehicles of all variants.
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Giddy up Bronco!
JUN 25, 2017 - 07:20 PM
Are they ever going to release there maxxpro mrap?
JUN 25, 2017 - 08:41 PM
Given all the (wasted) plastic for paper panzers, it's nice to see some holes in the REAL German ATV catalog filled.
JUN 25, 2017 - 08:42 PM
I don't know if I have ever seen an armored Protze, and I assume that Bronco has it right. Seems odd that the seats are way out back and they didn't leave the bed open for the gun crew. Looks like pads for the crew on the top of the cargo bed for firing positions. Just seems like a weird design. Is this Bronco's first Protze?
JUN 25, 2017 - 09:36 PM
They did the Sdkfz 247 (kit CB35095). There's an unarmored and maybe towing?? a 3.7 Pak 36 (kit CB35133) which I don't think has been released yet and I can't tell if it includes the option of mounting it. On the internet there's at least one photo of an unarmoured protze with a flak drilling which would be cool but I can only call this a wish since there's nothing from Bronco on it.
JUN 25, 2017 - 11:53 PM
Check it out: More info here: http://www.onthewaymodels.com/reviews/Dragon/RHael_Dragon_7377.htm
JUN 26, 2017 - 12:18 AM
What a cool vehicle, it looks very "Mad Max" and while I think that it was probably a one-off, its still a valid build. Gonna have to think about this one.
JUN 26, 2017 - 08:06 AM

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